We had the good fortune of connecting with Jiyeon Park and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jiyeon, why did you pursue a creative career?
Movies, videos, and animations, in each world of fiction, there’s a magic that divides us from the world of our own. The magic allows the audience to escape reality, and follow the journey of a hero. I was fascinated by the power of magic, the power to make people dream. I started my art career later than my peers. I was not happy with my studies, and I was feeling lost without understanding why. Then one day, I met my first storyboard teacher from CDA (Concept Design Academy..) In one of his lessons, he told us why he wrote stories. “In the real world, nothing is fair, nothing is easy, and not every pain gets paid off.” He said. “But in the movies, every hard work gets paid off, and every dream can become true. We can write stories like this, so we can give hope to children and people.” His speech touched me deeply in my heart. Ever since then, I started pursuing an art career hoping to deliver the magic in people’s lives one day.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
There were a lot of hardships to reach this point in my career. However, as hard as the path was, I would say it’s only the beginning of the further experience. The burnout, personal hardships, regrets, and moments that convinced me to quit, I took as valuable lessons. I dare to say that I’m excited for more!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many places I fell in love with within the time I stayed in LA. Mostly cities, where you can feel like the liveliness of California! If you are visiting here, I would recommend visiting a lot of cities with a taste of various cultures, such as Little Tokyo (Historic Japanese commercial district in downtown Los Angeles, California.-Nationa Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior), K-Town, or LA Chinese district. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a big shout-out to my mentors and teachers. I can’t mention every single one of them, but most of the mentors I met from the LA art industry were super nice and they always were looking out for their students. Whenever I had hard times, whether personal or professional they were willing to take a moment and help their students out. If you are a growing young individual pursuing a career as an artist, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your teachers or mentors if you feel like you’re stuck.